Food & Nutrition

Best flour for bread – 6 great options to try to help you bake the perfect loaf

Published by Finn Hayden

During the pandemic, lots of people got into baking bread, and suddenly realised 2 things - firstly, that it was actually pretty easy. And secondly, that home baked bread often tastes better than bread that you buy from the supermarket.

If you've never baked bread before then it can be hard to know where to start, especially when there are so many bread flour options. We thought it would be useful to round up the best flour bread that you can buy in the UK. Let’s get into it:

Matthews Cotswold Flour

The Strong White Bread Flour from Matthews has a high protein and gluten content, which makes it absolutely ideal for all types of bread. The bread flour is made using organic grains which are sourced from the UK, and the company works closely with UK farmers to source only the best grains. On top of this, the brand has an ‘Excellent’ rating on Trustpilot with an average score of 4.4 out of 5. Learn more and buy it here - tesco.com
Matthew Cotswold flour

Marriage’s Strong

The team at Marriage’s refers to themselves as “master millers”, and we certainly think they’re worthy of that title. This bread flour is stoneground and has a lovely texture - its ground using 100 year old French Burr stones for added authenticity, and we’re not surprised to see that this bread flour has picked up 6 Great Taste awards. Learn more and buy it here - amazon.co.uk
Marriage's Strong flour

Gilchester Organics

This flour from Gilchester Organics is unbleached, which means it doesn’t look like most bread flour that you’ll find on the supermarket shelves as it had a slightly off-white colour. But this is because it’s totally untouched, which is the way bread flour should be. It’s made using the finet UK grown organic grains and is ideal for making artisan bread such as sourdough. If you use this flour to make bread then you’ll find that the loaf rises nicely and has a creamy colour as well as a very light crust. Learn more and buy it here - gilchesters.com
Gilchesters white flour

Doves Farm Strong White bread flour

We’ve already included Doves Farm in our guide to the best gluten free flour, but the brand also makes great wheat-based bread flours too. As well as being great for making bread, it’s also 100% organic and Soil Association approved, plus it’s Kosher certified too. If you're looking for a simple bread flour to make a perfect white loaf then this is a great option. Learn more and buy it here - dovesfarm.co.uk
Doves Farm strong flour

Allinson Strong 

Allinson is one of the biggest bread flour brands in the UK, and we’re not surprised at all by this - the flour from this brand is excellent. We’re big fans of the Strong Wholemeal bread flour from the brand which is perfect for making a delicious Wholemeal loaf. Learn more and buy it here - sainsburys.co.uk
Allinson flour

Tesco Organic

We’ve only included one own-brand bread flour in this this guide, and it’s this organic bread flour from Tesco. We were really impressed to find an organic option from Tesco (even though we know it's one of the best supermarkets for organic food), and very surprised by how good it was - It’s very fine and not only perfect for bread but also great for making pizzas. Learn more and buy it here - tesco.com
Tesco organic flour
We hope this guide helps you to find some great flour for making bread. Let us know if you've tried any of these or if you have any other suggestions for us to try!

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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